You hold the sea when the sea cannot be held
What is anything else in the world when your light shines
A diffracted oasis against the wall?

~ from 'Sea Glass' by Kimberley, Darwin High School, NT

Poetry Object 2017 is now closed. Shortlisted poems will be announced on Wednesday 25 October 2017. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 29 November 2017.


Red Room Poetry Object is a poetry writing competition inviting young writers and their teachers to submit poems about special and curious objects. It is open to students in Years 3-10 and teachers from Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, Poetry Object linked over 172 school communities and published over 3000 student and teacher poems.


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Entries will be judged by celebrated poet, essayist and writing teacher Mark TredinnickFind out what makes a winning poem » 

Certificates of Achievement are awarded to all participants, with prizes awarded for Winning Student Poem (Primary), Winning Student Poem (Secondary), Winning Teacher Poem, and Winning School Installation.

In partnership with Val Morgan, Red Room Poetry will feature the three winning poems in selected cinemas across Australia. Poems will be enlivened through animations inspired by the inner worlds of each winning piece. 


Poetic Learning Resources

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Our 2017 creative learning resource features commissioned poems from emerging and established poets across Australia. These imaginative works introduce young writers and teachers to the limitless possibilities of language as they dive into the worlds of their special objects. The 2017 Poetry Object Poets are Evelyn Araluen Corr (NSW) Joel McKerrow (VIC)Anna Jacobson (QLD)Jeremy Balius (WA), Cameron Hindrum (TAS)Manal Younus (SA).



For workshop and other enquiries, email or phone 02 9519 5090.